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Romney has lost. Unless ….

November 1, 2012
Polls aren't perfect, but a lot of polls that come to the same conclusion are rarely wrong, at least not by much, and all...


The top stories you didn't read in the mainstream media: expanding police state, NATO war crimes, criminalized protests, more

David Lee and his landlord backers raise the stakes in District 1

October 4, 2012
Realtors and commercial landlords have transformed the supervisorial race in District 1 into an important battle over rent control and tenants' rights, despite their...

Endorsements 2012: State and national races

End the death penalty -- Yes on 34. Go Barack, and vote No on 35 for sexworker justice

Obama’s appeal to SF’s divided Left draws mixed reactions

September 7, 2012
President Barack Obama has a divided political base, as local Democrats who showed up at the Laborers Local 261 hall last night to hear...

Protesters tell Obama to free Bradley Manning

September 6, 2012
Led by veterans from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans for Peace, supporters of army PFC Bradley Manning protested in some 35 US...

Hoping for change in Obama’s acceptance speech

September 6, 2012
Four years ago, when I watched Barack Obama accept the Democratic Party's presidential nomination in Denver's Mile High Stadium, I was hopeful about the...

PR problems

Some neighbors are bummed that a new pot club is coming to Mission Street, but does their reasoning make sense?


San Francisco did everything right. Now the feds are shutting down legal marijuana in town. And nobody can figure out what happened

Dick Meister: Obama needs labor–again!

August 10, 2012
By Dick MeisterDick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a...

Two of SF’s most venerable cannabis dispensaries get shut down

Sadness, anger, and confusion hung thick in the fragrant, smoky air of two of San Francisco's oldest and most prominent medical marijuana dispensaries –...

There goes the SF Democratic Party

July 27, 2012
We all knew that the progressives didn't win a majority on the Democratic County Central Committee, but for a while there it looked as...

President or no president, medical marijuana shows up in Oakland

So the President was late. Around the time the "Fire Melinda Haag" press conference (as it had been called in emails I'd received from...

Guest opinion: RCV is good for progressives

Since San Francisco began using ranked choice voting in 2004 and public financing of campaigns in 2002, the city has been a leader in...

Meanwhile, in Uruguay

Another cannabis dispensary closure? Time to move to South America, where the president has just proposed a legalization plan 

Undocumented youth hold ‘graduation’ at Civic Center

June 30, 2012
"I'm undocumented and unafraid, queer and unashamed!" Javier Hernandez declared as he took the stage in front of City Hall June 30.He was one...

A range of rage at Obama visit

Hundreds gathered in the financial district today as President Obama came through San Francisco for a brief visit, consisting of a high-priced fundraising lunch...

Welcome back to SF President Obama! Now, say Supevisors, give us our marijuana

Not that it's ever a good idea, but avoid driving downtown today like the plague -- President Obama's in town! And, (as reported by...

Obama: gay OK, pot not

Obama's sudden nod to "states' rights" somehow doesn't include medical marijuana

Obama’s evolution

May 10, 2012
Other than a few Mitt Romney supporters, most of us view evolution as a wonderful biological mechanism to which we owe our supposed higher...

Only real change can avert more conflict

This week's May Day events brought together immigrant groups, labor unions, and activists with the Occupy movement to confront gross inequities in our economic...

Guardian endorsements for June 5 election

Sure, the primaries are a joke -- but your vote still matters. Our take on the trash wars, the DCCC race, and more local elections

Happy Tax Day, suckers

It's Tax Day, the deadline for filing income tax returns, which seems like an appropriate time for Senate Republicans to kill President Barack Obama's...

If I could do it all over

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